Frederick M. Dolan is Professor of Humanities at California College of the Arts and Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. His primary interests are the relationship of modern political theory to philosophical and religious traditions and their critics, modernity and post-modernity, the worldly dimensions of imaginative literature, American political theory, literature, film, hermeneutics, and aesthetics. He has lectured on these topics throughout the U.S. and Europe and been published in Political Theory, The American Political Science Review, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Polity, The Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, The Cardozo Review, The Massachusetts Review, Diacritics, Discourse, Crossings, Contemporary Fiction, and The Cambridge University Press Companion to Hannah Arendt, among others. His work deals with such figures as Heidegger, Nietzsche, Derrida, Foucault, Arendt, Nancy, Lacoue-Labarthe, Lacan, Wallace Stevens, Walt Whitman, William Burroughs, James Merrill, and Stanley Kubrick. His books are Allegories of America: Narratives, Metaphysics, Politics (Cornell University Press, 1995), Rhetorical Republic: Governing Representations in American Politics (with Thomas L. Dumm, University of Massachusetts Press, 1994), and Between Freedom and Terror: Literature, Philosophy, and Political Theory Speak to Modernity (with Simona Goi, Lexington Press, 2007). For several years he co-edited (with Judith Butler) the series Atopia: Political Theory, Philosophy, Aesthetics, published by Stanford University Press.
Professor Dolan earned his PhD from Princeton University and his MFA From the University of California at Irvine.